Sunday, June 20, 2010

So... I'm not going to lie, I am a bit of an Ebay addict... all thanks to the beautiful but ever so influential Erin Murphy...

But my favourite little website at the moment, that I actually can't get enough of... if Etsy

It is similar to Ebay yes, however the entire site is based around handmade cute little goodies, from jewelry to furniture, which are not doing wonders for the bank account

My newbie of...well...this week so far ;) is this vintage scrabble tile pendant, and someone special will be getting a similar one but they can find out when it arrives!

mmm yes... in love ♥


















so... ENTER WITH CAUTION: http://www.etsy.com/

- Cowgirl in the Sand

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Julian Smith

So... as some of you know I am down for a good laugh... and Julian Smith has been the one satisfying my childish sense of humour this last month...

This one is my favourite ;)



Found this funny?
Visit http://www.juliansmith.tv/

- Cowgirl in the Sand

Spring.

New life, new love, Melbourne Zoo's lucky little charm...

must be big now, these photos are from last year.
Just wanted to draw attention to the fact that spring is on the horizon.



I have a confession for you, I have an obsession with elephants... and my memory is as good as one.










...Too Much...?








Spring; happiness,

-Cowgirl in the Sand



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Success

Success can be measured in many different ways

It is a common misconception that success is the product of money and power

However...

What is a life without people to trust? Accomplishments of the heart that do not equate to monetary values? Freedom of will and beauty of ones soul?

Musicians do not choose to be musicians for the money, they do it because it is where they feel safest and it is what connects them more strongly to their universe.

...and this, I believe, brings us a greater success.










... in saying that however I would feel pretty accomplished with one of these hanging around my neck...


















come on a girl can dream about Tiffany can't she?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
...but really...if you haven't yet checked out their new statement range...where have you been?
http://au.tiffany.com/?omcid=AG6954&iq_id=13366226&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=01%2BBranded%2BNew%2B-%2BExact&utm_term=13366226-Tiffany%2B&%2BCo

- Cowgirl in the Sand

Muse





They have been educating and re-educating me for years, but it was at Big Day Out 2010 where my respect for Muse really skyrocketed. There are so many layers to this UK band, from their incredible songwriting abilities to their pristine stage performance... this band has it all









So.....as it seems that they will be touring Australia again...I COULD essentially see them in Brisbane, but what would be the point in that when this is a reason and a half to take a trip to melbourne to visit the family??


















- Cowgirl In The Sand

Oceanics Update...













If you are looking to buy tickets to the Caloundra Music Festival to help support this well rounded band, visit:
http://www.caloundramusicfestival.com/pages/?PageID=31


Also, If you missed them playing at the Titans match, then you can watch it here:
http://www.titans.com.au/default.aspx?s=apg-power-stage


-Cowgirl in the Sand

Oceanics

The hot new craze on the block that everyone is talking about is definitely the band Oceanics.

Like The Kooks? Or other bands that sit within the Rock/Indie/Groove Genre? then you will LOVE Oceanics!

This inspiring group of local Gold Coast talent has been playing together since highschool and have developed a brilliant, unique sound.
Each member brings their own flavour to this well-crafted band:

Elliot Weston - guitar/vox













Jackson Haswell - lead guitar/vox













Andrew Geisel - drums













Zach Hylton - bass/vox





From knowing Elliot and Zach personally through studying at The Con, I would never guess that they had played at the latest Titans match at Skilled Park on 31st May in front of 30,000 people, as they are so down to earth, and this is reminiscent of the attitude of the entire band.

They also recently were voted by supporters and fans to play at Caloundra Music Festival (8-10th October 2010), alongside such acts as Powderfinger, Jet and many other famous artists...so for these boys to still have a level head space is such a blessing and I feel that they therefore connect better to audiences as their music is easier accepted to the public due to their nonchalant charisma.






Oceanics are on the uprising, so don't miss out on seeing them at one of their many Gold Coast/ Brisbane gigs before they skyrocket.
Their next gig is on the 11th of June at Miami Shark Bar starting roughly around 10pm.
So come along and support some local talent and they will swing a free demo CD your way!!

Can't make that one? No need to fret...
16 Jun 2010 8PM Kings Beach Tavern, Sunshine Coast, QLD
17 Jun 2010 8PM X & Y Bar, Brisbane QLD
5 Aug 2010 8PM The Basement, Gold Coast, QLD


You can keep updated on when there is an Oceanics gig near you by visiting their or Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oceanics/194262780775?ref=ts
Not convinced? Well, I find that hard to believe, but if you need a further push in the right direction then their demo tracks are now available to listen to, plus a couple of live videos, on their Myspace Page:
http://www.myspace.com/oceanics_band


All music has been Produced and Engineered by Zach himself, with Elliot co-producing and co-engineering and the sound that has been produced by these two, who are only in their second year of learning about the process, is actually amazing.
All of this beautiful photography was brought to you by Victoria Lea Photography, like what you see? Check out some more of her wonderful artwork at: http://www.facebook.com/victorialeaphotography

-Cowgirl in the Sand

Irah

Latest Goss with the band Irah...

The Gig on July 1st 2010 at Unplugged At The Basement at The Gold Coast Arts Centre, that was originally Shaunyl's solo performance is now an Irah Gig...

I know exciting right?

If you are looking for something chilled and casual to do on that Thursday night then come and check out this gorgeous duo.













There is also food and a bar available for those who are that way inclined ;)

Hope to see you there!

-Cowgirl in the Sand

Epileptic Fist Fuck

...so, if you didn't gather by the name of this band, Epileptic Fist Fuck (EFF), that they are DEATH METAL, than here is me telling you.

When I first started my degree studying a Bachelor of Popular Music (BPM) at Griffith University's Conservatorium, I was, sadly, very single minded about the music that I liked and listened to. However, from being exposed to many different styles and genres, I have come to really respect and enjoy a wider range of music. So yes, a girly girl like me, going to her first ever metal gig was a huge jump in the deep end, but it is new experiences like this that help us grow as people, so when I was invited by fellow BPMers, Marco Fowlee (drums) and Jed Nadin (guitar), to come check their band out, I thought...why not??

...and as you can tell by the following photo, not only am I glad I went to their gig at Miami Shark Bar on 13th May 2010, but I clearly enjoyed myself and now have a whole new level of respect for the genre.

As absurd as it is, a lot of people regard Metal as "noise", as they do not understand the precision and perfection that you must train towards, day in, day out, to be able to master the art that is 'Metal'... thus, you have to be an extremely passionate musician to be able to play in this style. The amount of motivation needed to conquer this level of expertise is actually insane... but I tell you what, these guys have it down to a T:


Brett Cullen - Guitar and vocals
Dan - Bass and vocals
Jed Nadin - Guitar
Marco Foxlee - Drums




EFF play quite regularly at many Gold Coast and Brisbane venues and I strongly recommend you go have a listen, even if...no ESPECIALLY if you are not particularly into Metal... as they will, without a doubt, curb your view on what is good music.

Marco and Jed themselves, with the help of fellow metal-head and BPMer Xavier Collard, engineered and produced their new songs, with the facilities provided by the Queensland Conservatorium.

You can listen to these songs, plus find out about when EFF's gigs are on by visiting their new Facebook Band Page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Epileptic-Fist-Fuck/117033968335761?ref=ts
...or their Myspace Band Page:
http://www.myspace.com/epilepticfistfuck

... oh and p.s. prepare for a mind explosion.



You can find out about more gigs on at Miami Tavern by visiting their website: http://www.miamitavern.com.au/

-Cowgirl in the Sand

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gold Coast Talent

If you enjoy the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, or other easy listening acoustic style music, then you will love the music of local Gold Coast band
Irah


My favorite out of the collection of their authentic, beautiful songs is 'Seven Seas'. It is sure to send shivers down your spine, as it draws closely to the feelings of being truly and deeply in love.



Shaunyl Benson and Eimhin Healy are the pair that make up this gorgeous duet. Their laid back relaxed approach to life is reminiscent within this music and therefore the listener can relate easier to it as there is no fanciness separating them from Irah.

Check them out, they are the new flavour everyone is tasting, so don't you be the one to miss out.
http://www.myspace.com/shaunyleimhin

You can catch Shaunyl performing her solo artwork at Unplugged at The Basement, July 1st, 18+, $10 entry

You can find out more about local bands performing at the Basement by joining the facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unplugged-in-the-BASEMENT/102922903079808?ref=ts

-Cowgirl in the Sand

New Found Love

Words can not express how beautiful this woman truly is



French singer Camille has had me captivated for the last 3 days by her amazing originality and emotion. The first time I heard her music I was blown away and have not been able to turn it off or get it out of my head ever since. Her latest album, titled 'Le fil' (The Thread), is based around her humming a G note and building upon that with various verbal and body percussion with minimal instrumentation. I thoroughly recommend this album if you are into alternative world music like Bjork, and she even slightly emulates the sound of Imogen Heap.


In so many ways she is perfectly human, and I love it


Visit this Youtube website, a video of her singing 'Home Is Where It Hurts' from her album 'Music Hole', to see exactly what I am talking about...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngDFj6jEkH8&feature=related

...Now that you have experienced the beautiful journey that is Camille performing live... here is the link to her website... where you can learn more about this gorgeous artist... http://www.camille-lefil.com/

her album is also available at all good music stores and on iTunes. Must be hard to say no now hey? ;)

-Cowgirl in the Sand

Yorke at Rosies 10th March 2010

One of my strongest passions is the local music scene.




It is bands like Gold Coast band Yorke who really set the benchmark for performances.



This emerging band plays shows regularly around the Gold Coast and Brisbane alongside many reputable artists such as Paper and The Plane. They delivered an exciting and emotional performance from all members:

Jamie Killick - Vocals/Guitars
Joel Stewart - Bass/Vocals
Dan Jones - Drums/Vocals


I would categorize them as sitting in the rock genre and I compare their style closely to that of Jimmy Eat World.


Yorkes next gig is at on June 25th, 2010, supporting Burning Brooklyn, at Surfers Paradise Hard Rock Cafe.
You can keep updated on future Yorke Gigs by staying tuned into their facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/YORKE/

These photos were taken at Rosies in Brisbane

To find out about more gigs at Rosies visit http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000699186190&ref=ts

-Cowgirl in the Sand

Dallas Green

The musical love of my life, Dallas Green



"Now you still speak of day old hate,
Though your whole world has gone up into flames
And isn't it great, to find that you're really worth nothing
And how safe it is to feel safe"







You're words of wisdom have carried me through every rise and fall, thank you Dallas.



-Cowgirl in the Sand

Imogen Heap



Imogen Heap

Watching Imogen Heap at the Hifi Bar in Brisbane on March 26th 2010 was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Although the fairy-lights brought a sense of daintiness and beauty to her emancipative performance of her new album Ellipse (and a few old favourites), it was the outburst of light within Imogen's soul that sent the tears rolling freely down my face.

With her clever use of vocal dubbing and a sparse array of quirky supporting acts, Ted N Ted and Tim Exile, she gave me a night I could never forget...one that would never be repeated as she was so unique and individual.

The way in which Imogen embraced the audience with her charismatic performance, immediately positioned me to view her in a different light... not the woman whose albums I had spent hours listening to, not the woman that I had idolized since the dinosaurs...but a real woman, a real person, someone I could relate to. She involved all audience members in the overlaying harmonies of her song 'Just For Now', however, beforehand the entire audience was singing along word by word to each track anyway.

Listening to her album on the way home therefore gave more meaning to her music, I felt as if she was with me, sitting in the car, deeply delving into her latest shenanigan like an old girlfriend. To know that a woman of her stature can battle anything and still stand to not only tell the tale, but express it in a way that thoroughly embraces all emotions involved, by writing a song about it, leads me to believe that any challenge, no matter how fierce, can be overcome. My respect levels for her as a person from then on had skyrocketed beyond imagine.

And for this I thank you Imogen, you are a blessing.

I strongly recommend seeing her performance live, and if you are doubting my faith in this woman's live abilities, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25VGdNU3nrU to see for yourself how she performed live on 103.1 FM (USA)...be warned, you are about to be blown away.


You can purchase Imogen's new album 'Ellipse' via iTunes and listen to it online free at http://www.imogenheap.com/ellipse/
The CD was released the 24th March 2010 and is available at all good music stores.

-Cowgirl in the Sand

Live the life you lust.